Joyce holds nerve to stave off 13-man Ballynahinch
AIL Division 1A
Ballynahinch 12 Clontarf 16 Ballynahinch played well to hold the league leaders Clontarf for most of the game but a David Joyce penalty towards the close sealed the issue. Hinch had the better of the first-half exchanges and took advantage of their opponent's mistakes to kick four Ritchie Lobb penalties. A Cian Culliton try just before the interval brought the Dublin team back to 10-12.
Hinch finished with 13 players on the pitch and came close to causing an upset although they were fortunate that Joyce was not in his usual efficient kicking form.
Young Munster 22 UCD 16
Brian Haugh scored 17 points with the boot as Young Munster came from falling behind after two minutes to gain a deserved win at Clifford Park. The home side led 16-6 at the interval with Dan Goggin getting their try and Niall Earls kicking two UCD penalties.
Old Belvedere 15 Garryowen 5
Old Belvedere overcame a wasteful Garryowen side at Anglesea Road yesterday to continue their good run of form.
Andrew O'Byrne ran in the first try of the afternoon for the Limerick side. Alan Gahan failed to extend the lead after putting the conversion narrowly wide.
Garryowen's constant poor handling eventually cost them when Peter Rob crossed the line. Shaun Berne added the conversion to give Belvedere a half-time lead.
Berne brought Belvedere's lead to five points with a well-taken penalty on the hour mark. The points were wrapped up when Berne added his side's second try after a great change of pace by Josh Eden-Whatiri down the right wing.
A hat-trick of tries by the powerful Ron Boucher paved the way on the back pitch of the Aviva Stadium yesterday afternoon, as Lansdowne comfortably secured maximum points.
Boucher got the scoring under way and added another try to put the Dublin 4 outfit in a commanding position at the mid-way point. A trio of tries by Ben Byrne-Diaper Cian Aherne and Charlie Butterworth put paid to any notions of a Dolphin comeback.
St Mary's 18 Cork Constitution 22
Second-half tries by James Ryan, Jerry Hurley and Rob Jermyn were of immense importance at Templeville Road yesterday, as Cork Constitution produced a magnificent fightback to emerge victorious.
Mary's had a promising 15-3 advantage at the mid-way stage, but well-worked scores by Ryan, captain Hurley and pacey centre Jermyn helped Cork Con to move into the ascendancy and seal the points.
Terenure College 63 Dungannon 7
Terenure College's extraordinary start to life in Division 1B continued at Lakelands Park as they registered a grand total of 10 tries against a struggling Dungannon
Scores by Ritchie Smith, Robert Duke and Kyle McCo, built up a 22-point cushion inside the opening half-hour of action. The hosts weren't prepared to ease off, as centre Graham Coffey crossed over in the early moments after the re-start. 'Nure added tries from Ian Hanley (two), O'Neill, Duke and James O'Donoghue to complete the rout.
UL Bohemian 31 Buccaneers 16
UL Bohemian picked up a four-try bonus try win against Buccaneers at Annacotty. The home side led 14-3 at the interval and had first half tries by David Johnston and Jack O'Donoughue. In the second half Ed Kelly and replacement hooker, Kevin O'Byrne, had further tries and Harry Hughes touched down late for the visitors.
Malone 18 Shannon 19
MALONE, after trailing 19-6 at the interval, were given a spark by Nathan Brown with two penalties but Shannon struck back with three well taken tries. Malone settled and were rewarded a bonus point with two tries.
Dublin University 20 Blackrock College 13
Dublin University's resurgence continued in Sydney Parade yesterday, as two tries from flanker Brian du Toit helped them to secure a narrow victory over rivals Blackrock College.
Blackrock broke through for a try from No 8 Richie Marsh, but despite also adding five points from the boot of Dave Godfrey, Trinity fought back to lead 15-10 lead at half. A second du Toit try ensured that Trinity recorded their second victory of the campaign.
Belfast Harlequins 19 Corinthians 21
Belfast Harlequins led 19-9 but a strong finish by Corinthians saw them through to victory at Deramore Park. Liam Cambridge was again in great form with all the Quins points but the visitors managed two late tries for a warranted victory.